Style Inspiration: Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Rooney Mara takes on the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo later this week when it’s released in theatres, but her dark and brooding character inspires a few trends worth mentioning. Deeply mysterious and edgy beauty can be yours with just a few quick changes.

With the help of these beauty and fashion items, you too can channel your inner Lisbeth Salander without going over the top.

Mysterious Eyes

Start your perfectly piercing glare off right with Stila’s Prime Pot in Taffy to add a muted flesh tone to eyelids. This not only adds a pale wash of color, but also helps keep your shadows and liners in place for long wear. Then, finish off your eyes by lining them with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Barracuda. Slightly smudge it with a cotton swab immediately after applying for a soft and smoky effect.

Near-Vampy Lips

Add one of these deeply hydrating and creamy lipcolors to the mix from Urban Decay’s line of lipsticks. We like these because they’re dark and somber without looking too goth; Apocalypse, Confession, and Gash. Still think they’re too dark? Apply them lightly by tapping them on your lips with a finger to add the vibe of intense color.

Gothic Nails

Choose a dim shade of red polish for your nails like Victoria from Nails Inc. It’s the perfect glossy pinot noir hue that sets a somber mood.

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Color Trend 2012: Tangerine Tango — The “It” Color for Spring

The fashion, beauty, and design world looks to the Pantone Color Institute each year for their color forecast for what’s on-trend, and this year is no different! Earlier this month, the leading authority in color named Tangerine Tango as its hue of the year for 2012. This punchy blend of red and yellow will be spotted on everything from housewares to cosmetics, and is sure to brighten up even the dullest of surroundings.

Think you can’t wear fashions including this juicy orange tone? Look no further than Oh How Street It Is nail polish from China Glaze to quickly enliven your look for spring. This vibrant hue can be worn on a range of skin tones and retails for about $7 at professional beauty supply stores and salons nationwide.

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Get Red Carpet Ready with L’Oreal Paris Academy

Perfectly timed for red carpet season, L’Oreal is offering something unique to make sure we’re all looking fab—the L’Oreal Paris Academy. The Academy is where you’ll be able to take short online video classes and receive tips and tricks from leading industry professionals to:

  • Learn the secrets to spotlight-stealing locks from celebrity hairstylist Johnny Lavoy.
  • Get expert fashion tips from star stylist Cristina Ehrlich.
  • Master the art of pro makeup application and flawless-looking skin from celebrity makeup artist Collier Strong.
  • Shine like a star in any situation! Lifestyle expert Andrea Correale shows you how to take the perfect picture, host an amazing party and more.

You’ll follow the red carpet journeys of five Academy members as they master the techniques in each class to give them the confidence and skills to be totally glamorous, while picking up the same skills for yourself! After each class, you’ll also have a chance to take a quiz and win weekly prizes from L’Oreal. I watched a few videos yesterday, and I loved this one—Paparazzi Approved Red-Carpet Poses, I definitely learned a thing or two about what I’m doing wrong in photos!

If you could posess just one red carpet-ready beauty skill, which one would it be?

Check This Out: Jewelmint

I had a unique online jewelry shopping experience last week that I wanted to share with you, and now that the item has arrived—I can! But first, a little background on the concept behind Jewelmint is a new interactive, members only way to shop for a new piece of jewelry each month for just $29.99. Each handcrafted piece is designed by actress Kate Bosworth and her stylist Cher Coulter, then a small selection is presented to you based upon your personal style preferences after taking a brief style quiz. You pick one of the designs for the month from your personal showroom, and then it ships. It’s like having your own personal accessory stylist!

After filling out my style quiz, here was my personal showroom:

I had a hard time choosing between two of the designs, the Desire Rings and Poseidon Disc Necklace were both calling my name! In the end, I chose the necklace. [Read more…]

Pretty Spring Things (you’ll want at least one of these really badly!)

Not feeling springtime yet or have a case of the blahs?  Check out these pretty spring things that are destined to make you smile!  After all, you’re gonna need something new with all of that spring cleaning you’re doing…

Victoria’s Secret Secret Moments Collection

Five new scents from Victoria’s Secret set the tone for your many sides.  Feel flirty, romantic, exotic, sexy, or happy from head to toe!  Start your days (and nights) with Good Day Sunshine (bright peach & blue freesia), Room 504 (amber & passion fruit), At First Sight (violet & bergamot), Island Escape (coconut & sugarcane), and Girls’ Night (pink peony & waterlily).

Sue Devitt Southern Seas Sojourn

Sue Devitt A Southern Seas Sojourn Collection

Oh so pretty in pink!  Inspired by Sue Devitt’s travels to the South Pacific, A Southern Seas Sojourn brings the breathtaking landscape of the Solomon Islands home.  Use the coral-to-bronze Hydrating Marine Minerals Destination Eye & Cheek Palette in Solomon Islands for effortless contour and color while providing skincare benefits.  Try Kirakira (nude) Lip Intensifier Pencil or Telina (rich pink) Lip Enhancing Gloss for a perfect pout to match.  Proceeds from the sale of the Destination Eye & Cheek Palette in Solomon Islands benefit non-profit organization, Coral Reefs in the South Pacific (CRISP) to help protect the ecosystems.

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